Richard Donner

Scrooged (1988) - Richard Donner

Hey constant reader, it’s December and that means it’s okay to bust out the holiday movies and partake in some cheesiness that would otherwise be scoffed at. That’s no different here at RottenPop. We love these soon-to-be forgotten treasures. However, it is often harder to appreciate these “classics” without a little assistance from sweet lady cannabis. So, I am pairing some cannabis or cannabis products with my viewings of these movies. I will let you know what the effects are. How it feels. And weather or not it helped the viewing experience.


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89/100

A fantastic holiday comedy!

Director: Richard Donner
Producer: Richard Donner & Art Linson
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, and Alfre Woodard.
Studio: Paramount Pictures

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Okay, let’s open the bag…

I got these Camino Gummie’s from Airfield Supply Company in San Jose, California. And the packaging is pretty childproof. The trick is to put one thumb in the outside flap, and one in the inside. Then you just pull apart. Oh wow. The smell just hits you. It’s definitely spicy. Oh man. This is crazy how far edibles have come. This is just amazing.

Look at these things. The gummie’s themselves are really soft and juicy looking. It’s not sticky or anything. It looks like a common gummy candy. I love it.

Oh wow. It’s so soft. The flavor hits your taste-buds right away. The consistency is great, it’s like a high-quality gummy bear. You swallow it, but the flavor just sits there. It just stays in your mouth. And if you like spicy things, then this will be right up your alley. If they were trying to replicate the feeling of California in a flavor, then this is just about it.

They’re delicious!

Today we get to take a look at the Christmas dark-comedic classic, Scrooged. A fantastic film directed by iconic filmmaker Richard Donner. It features an all-star eighties cast with the hilarious Bill Murray, alongside Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, and Alfre Woodard. It’s a fun film that can be enjoyed by the entire family. I will be viewing my personal Paramount Home Video VHS copy, while enjoying Pineapple Habanero Sativa Gummies from Kiva Confections. A delicious cannabis treat that makes for a great movie-time snack.

First, I am going to look at the gummies. They look delicious. I’m a pretty tolerant user of Cannabis and I need about 60 - 75 milligrams of THC to feel any good effects. However, edibles have always been pretty inconsistent for me. KIVA seems to be the only exception. Their products hit well all the time. Making the 5mg. per piece a perfect snack for the movies. I am going to have to eat roughly two-thirds of the bag to feel a good effect. But at least they’re good. Let’s see how it goes!

The packaging describes the effect as uplifting. A great effect for a dark comedy like this one. These Camino gummies have some amazing packaging. The artwork, colors, and design scream California. And the package describes the flavor accurately as a tropical and tangy heat. Personally, I love spicy foods. I was instantly hooked by the Pineapple Habanero flavor and enjoyed the sweet and delicious spice!

Scrooged is a Christmas comedy film from director Richard Donner and Saturday Night Live sketch-writers Mitch Glazer and Michael O'Donoghue. It was released on November 23rd, 1988. The movie features Bill Murray doing an amazing job as the deplorable, Frank Cross, the President of IBC Television. He’s so slimy and smarmy. But also human and redeemable. I mean it’s Bill Murray so you can’t really hate the guy.

Cross doesn’t have the Christmas spirit. Instead of being caring and compassionate, the evil corporate president is manipulative and greedy. (Staples) On Christmas Eve, he makes his employees work overtime while simultaneously laying people off. And he does it with so much glee. Frank Cross has no regard for anyone other than himself. Well… I guess that isn’t entirely true. He pines for his ex-girlfriend Claire Phillips, played by the magnificent Karen Allen. But it isn’t enough to chisel through his stubborn exterior.

This holiday grumpiness brings on a visit from his deceased ex-boss, who informs Cross that he will be visited tonight by three Christmas ghosts. The ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The humor and story are both fully entertaining. But these effects on the ghoulish zombiesque boss are what really make this picture stand out. It’s one of the only Christmas movies to feature this level of creature effects.

Right around here is where those Camino Gummies started to take effect. The Sativa effects are subtle and smooth. It’s not anxiety driven at all! This is also the time that we get to see Frank Cross at his worst. He argues with Claire about her compassionate nature. Cursing about her being held down by the people she lends her time to. Frank even delivers the line…

BAH HUMBUG

There is an adorable scene with Frank’s assistant Grace’s family. It’s seriously touching and a bit nostalgic for me. I haven’t ever been very wealthy. Growing up was always a struggle. My mother never made very much money, but she always tried to hold Christmas together. This scene just reminds me of that time. They love each other and that’s all that matters. The touching scenes continue as Frank witnesses his brother’s friends and family opening their Christmas gifts. They are opening gifts and playing Trivial Pursuit, pondering the name of the boat that shipwrecked in Gilligan’s Island. These are some of the best parts of the picture. Bill Murray is able to show his range. He isn’t just a funnyman. He evolves before your eyes and shows empathy. He learns about the repercussions of his greed.

The final ghost comes when Frank wakes up in the gutter with the frozen corpse of a local wino staring at him. It’s haunting. His trip shows a possible future where the people that are close to him, have become broken down and shells of their former selves. Claire is an uncaring socialite. Grace’s sick son is locked up in a mental health facility. It’s a bleak look at Frank Cross’ possible life or death. Then… the greatest scene of Bill Murray going insane with holiday happiness! It’s a Christmas miracle!

If you are a fan of movies like A Nightmare Before Christmas and Bad Santa, then Scrooged should be a part of your holiday viewing. It’s not the Norman Rockwell-esque type Christmas movie that A Christmas Story is, but rather an Alternative look at the entire Christmas genre. A proper setting for a modern retelling of Charles Dickens classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The story is interesting and it delivers a positive message about love and caring. Not to mention the humor and a great deal of talent. Bill Murray is effective, and Karen Allen was great. But Alfre Woodard and Bobcat Goldthwait both deliver some great performances. Both comedic and dramatic. This is a great movie that can be watched and loved by everyone. A movie that feels right at home next to a cozy fireplace or bright decorations. The kind of movie that you can enjoy a nice hot meal in front of when it’s raining, snowing, or just too damn cold outside. It’s got that feeling. And it comes highly recommended from me.

These Pineapple Habanero gummies were hot enough to keep me warm while watching this chilling comedy. The delicious, sweet flavor has a spice that sits right on the back of your tongue. It goes really well with some popcorn. I only ate about half the bag and man… they have me feeling really good. Bill Murray and Sativa go really well together. They put you in the mood to laugh and using these gummies as a movie time snack with Scrooged proved to be a great idea. If you live in an area that has these gummies then check them out. These are going to be my go-to when it comes to tasty edibles.

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) - Richard Donner

OKAY ACTION MOVIE 65/100

Lethal Weapon 4 (65)

The worst of the franchise clocks in at the longest. A long winded action romp pitting LAPD against Triads.

Directed by:
Richard Donner

Produced by:
Richard Donner & Joel Silver

Screenplay by:
Channing Gibson

Starring:
Mel Gibson,
Danny Glover,
Joe Pesci,
Rene Russo,
Chris Rock,
Jet Li

Studio:
Silver Pictures & Doshudo Productions

Distributed by: 
Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date: 
July 10, 1998

Running time: 
127 minutes

Country: 
United States

Language: 
English

Budget: 
$100–150 million

Box office: 
$285.4 million

Lethal Weapon 4 is an action film from 1997. Most of the usual crew had returned. Director Richard Donner, Musicians Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen and David Sanborn all return along with actors, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo, Joe Pesci and introduces Chris Rock and Jet Li. It’s the fourth entry to the Lethal Weapon franchise, and it happens to be the slowest paced. It’s also framed as the final entry to the series. Nostalgically capping off a tremendous action series that ran for just over a decade.

A freighter full of Chinese immigrants runs aground in Los Angeles, much to the dismay of Officers Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. They are being imported by the Triads, who are trying to get their incarcerated crime bosses onto American soil and away from China. To make things worse, Murtaugh decides to stow an entire family of immigrants in his home. This puts the entire investigation in jeopardy. Also, Riggs and Murtaugh have to work with an annoying new detective, Lee Butters. Needless to say, our heroes can’t wait to kick some major Triad ass.

Lethal Weapon 4 visits Riggs and Murtaugh at a mature time in their lives. Roger’s daughter is pregnant, he is on the verge of becoming a grandfather. Riggs has also been told that Lorna is pregnant. Both guys have to face this turning point in their lives. That tone reflects the slower pace of the film. It still has explosions and car-chases as well as a good deal of character development. The relationship between Riggs and the Murtaughs is so comfortable and fun. It’s a pleasure to see the whole group interacting. I have fallen in love with the characters.

This wouldn’t be a Lethal Weapon movie without copious amounts of action. Over-the-Top action. Jet Li is a very convincing villain even though it's his first time playing one. His showdown with Mel Gibson is tremendous. It’s one of the highlights of the picture. The chase scene that doubles-up with a construction theme is another tremendous scene. Most scenes are really well shot, but lack substance. Thats a problem that echoes throughout. While it's fun nostalgically, it doesn’t have what it takes to make a good film.

This is supposed to be the final film in the franchise. It ends with the quote from our protagonists, “We’re not friends, We’re family!” Then we get a montage of production photos and a group shot of the entire crew. It’s a great send off, but what if they wanted to return? Would you hate it?

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) - Richard Donner

PRETTY GOOD ACTION MOVIE 79/100

Lethal Weapon 3 (79)

Not the best of the franchise, but not the worst.

Directed by:
Richard Donner

Produced by:
Richard Donner & Joel Silver

Screenplay by:
Jeffrey Boam & Robert Mark Kamen

Story by:
Jeffrey Boam

Starring:
Mel Gibson,
Danny Glover,
Joe Pesci,
Rene Russo and
Stuart Wilson

Studios:
Silver Pictures
Warner Bros.

Release date:
May 15, 1992

Running time:
118 minutes

Country:
United States

Language:
English

Budget :
$35 million

Box office:
$321.7 million

Lethal Weapon 3 is an action comedy film from 1992. Director Richard Donner has returned along with screenwriter, Jeffrey Boam. Danny Glover and Mel Gibson are back as Riggs and Murtaugh. Our favorite destructive comedic cop duo. Joe Pesci makes a return as Leo Getz, now a family friend to the Murtaugh family, and Rene Russo makes her appearance as Internal Affairs agent, Lorna Cole. The love interest for Riggs. It’s not a film that fared as well as the previous entries, but it had a lot of heart. I loved this one as a kid, so I hope it holds up!

Roger Murtaugh is only eight days away from retirement. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy eight days. His partner Riggs ends up destroying a building and getting them both busted down to beat cops. Then they stumble onto a chase with some dangerous criminals that happen to be using new, lethal “cop-killer” bullets. The leader of the criminals is a former police Lieutenant that has some dirty cops on the force. Riggs and Murtaugh are reinstated to detectives and then paired with Internal Affairs agent Lorna Cole. The love interest of Martin Riggs.

In usual Lethal Weapon tradition we are treated to jaw-jacking between Riggs and Murtaugh, an awesome car-chase through Los Angeles, a housing development used as an action background, range shooting, Riggs popping his shoulder back into place and various other tropes from the franchise. It also boasts a long run-time of 118 minutes. The longest of the franchise to that point. It would be surpassed by Lethal Weapon 4, clocking in at 127 minutes.

Mel Gibson is the saving grace of the picture, his comedic performance is great. It’s always funny to see him muscling down his Australian accent. His Martin Riggs character appears to be tired, but Rene Russo is a good pairing for him. I enjoyed her action scenes just as much as Gibson’s. I didn’t care much for the villain, Jack Travis. He wasn’t memorable. But the ending fight scene between Riggs and Travis is a high-point in this production.

The filmmakers had been a bit too ambitious with Lethal Weapon 3. It felt like they had intended to amp up the main elements in the franchise, but ended up cramming too much into one package. The film goes on far too long and begins dragging about half-way through. While I had a great time watching the further adventures of Riggs & Murtaugh, I could have done with a tighter and more trimmed storyline that still provided the same amount of entertainment as the second film. Lethal Weapon 3 is still entertaining, but you can mark this as start of the decline of the series. Interestingly enough, wikipedia lists the late Carrie Fisher as a script doctor. Seven stars.

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) - Richard Donner

REALLY GOOD ACTION MOVIE 88/100

Lethal Weapon 2 (88)

One of the greatest action films of the nineteen eighties. A must watch for every action fan.

Directed by: 
Richard Donner


Produced by: Richard Donner & Joel Silver

Screenplay by:
Jeffrey Boam

Story by: 
Shane Black & Warren Murphy

Starring: 
Mel Gibson
Danny Glover
Joe Pesci
Joss Ackland
Derrick O'Connor
Patsy Kensit

Music by:
Michael Kamen
Eric Clapton
David Sanborn

Studio:
Silver Pictures

Distributed by: 
Warner Bros.

Release date: 
July 7, 1989

Running time:
114 minutes

Country:
United States

Language:
English

Budget:
$50 million

Box office:
$227.9 million

Lethal Weapon II is a buddy-cop action film from 1989, and is the second installment to the Lethal Weapon franchise. Richard Donner returns to the helm and directs with a screenplay penned by Jeffrey Boam. Screenwriter, Shane Black had originally written the film, but he left the series due to various disputes. Both Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return as our heros, Riggs & Murtaugh. With Joe Pesci brought in to help emphasise the more comedic elements of the film. We also get another amazing soundtrack that harkens back to the first Lethal Weapon film thanks to Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton, and David Sanborn. Again, yes! THAT Eric Clapton.

Our heroes are assigned to protecting an annoying federal witness, Leo Getz. However, they also get tied up in investigating Arjen Rudd, a corrupt and murderous South African politician that is hiding behind diplomatic immunity and the vienna commission. It’s extremely frustrating. We also get introduced to a clueless South African secretary that becomes the love interest to Riggs.

This sequel took everything that worked in the first movie and magnified it! The comedy, the action and the story were all improved. The addition of Joe Pesci is welcomed and his character works really well with Riggs and Murtaugh. Arjen Rudd (Joss Ackland) is a believable villain although sometimes he starts to feel like an over-the-top James Bond antagonist, a bit theatrical for my tastes. The action is huge. They had definitely ramped it up. Giant shootouts, a lot of explosions and car chases. Michael Bay would be proud. It wouldn’t be Lethal Weapon without a final showdown and this movie has a great one.

The comedy is great. It feels so comfortable and well written. Mel Gibson is always wonderful as the Martin Riggs character. Gibson’s comedy has a familiarity that feels like he could be related to you, like an uncle or older brother that gives you a well meaning funny jab. I loved the comedy. Joe Pesci is hilarious and a great addition, Mel Gibson is on top form too. Danny Glover does the usual straight man routine of Roger Murtaugh, but is involved in the hilarious and iconic toilet bomb scene. A scene that you cannot unsee.

One thing I noticed was the product placement for things like Tales from the Crypt and Subway restaurants. That kind of thing doesn’t really bother me but it's noticeable. I had a great time watching Lethal Weapon 2. It’s an amazing sequel that hits all the checkmarks. I laughed hard and appreciated the hard-hitting action. I also love how this movie keeps pace with the original. Both are intense but this is far more flushed out. It’s a prime example of a sequel surpassing the original.

Lethal Weapon (1987) - Richard Donner

REALLY GOOD ACTION MOVIE 86/100

Lethal Weapon (86)

A full throttled action film that packs in Comedy, Explosions and intriguing storytelling. A must see for Action fans.

Directed by:
Richard Donner


Produced by:
Richard Donner & Joel Silver

Written by:
Shane Black

Starring:
Mel Gibson
Danny Glover
Gary Busey
Michael Kamen

Studio:
Silver Pictures

Distributed by:
Warner Bros.

Release date:
March 6, 1987

Running time:
110 minutes

Country:
United States

Language:
English

Budget:
$15 million

Box office:
$120.2 million

Lethal Weapon is the eighties action film that kicked off the whole buddy-cop trope in Hollywood. It’s directed by Richard Donner (Superman II) and penned by Shane Black (Predator). Our cast of stars features Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in the lead roles with Gary Busey as a henchman to the main villain, The General played by Mitchell Ryan. I decided to pair the film with a nice Indica like King Louis XIII from Marley Natural. It’s a relaxing strain that provides a good deal of happiness. A good combination to dive right into a badass picture like this. The earthy tastes and piny aromas pair well with a good beer too. If that's your kind of thing.

The film follows the pairing of two LAPD detectives. Martin Riggs is a detective that is psychologically broken and emotionally damaged following the death of his wife. Roger Murtaugh is a veteran cop that works hard to support his family. They get paired together as partners working various crimes and bonding. Roger is constantly tested by Riggs’ inherently psychotic behavior. He almost gives up. However, after things go south and the duo bands together to put an end to a very dangerous group of drug smugglers called Shadow Company.

The film features cheesy action film acting and witty dialogue, mostly between Gibson and just about everyone he comes in contact with. His Martin Riggs character is iconic. He stands as one of the best cops in movie history. Danny Glover is the perfect straight man but it’s kind of unfortunate that he was so tight cast. Busey is badass in this movie. He looks awesome and does a great job of projecting himself as menacing. Tom Atkins is good too, his role is minimal, but he gives it everything. That is up until his death, which is rather goofy looking.

Lethal Weapon also has an amazing soundtrack provided by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton. Yes, that Eric Clapton. The howling saxophone and blazing guitar set upon a sprawling Los Angeles cityscape provide an amazing atmosphere for the story. The soundtrack provides a great technique for building suspense that gets paid off with intense action scenes.

This movie is a hell of a ride. It builds an amazing world that gets explored at break-neck speed. In some cases it’s far too fast-paced to be bad. All of the faults with the film are steamrolled by the constant action. The fight scenes are brutal and unrelenting. The final showdown is a thing of pure eighties glory. I love it. It’s a classic that should be enjoyed by everyone at least once! There’s a reason that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia loves it so much.

The King Louis XIII paired really well with Lethal Weapon. It tasted so good, I ended up having an extra snapper or two. The cannabis had me feeling really relaxed and sunken into my couch. The uplifting effects had me alert and ready for the suspense of the action scenes, which were numerous. The effects were long lasting and are still prevalent when writing this review. Although it feels great, the taste and smell are the leading factors with this particular batch from Marley Natural. Check it out if you can!